Imagining America announces this year’s Publicly Active Graduate Education (PAGE) Fellows & PAGE Blog Salon, Sept. 10–14

By Jamie Haft | September 05, 2012

Fourteen graduate students from across the country with a demonstrated commitment to publicly engaged scholarship and artistic practice have been selected as 2012–2013 Publicly Active Graduate Education (PAGE) Fellows, a yearlong program of Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life (IA). PAGE Fellows receive a travel stipend to attend IA’s annual national conference, where they participate in a special half-day pre-conference summit organized by PAGE senior associates, alumni of the program. They also design and facilitate their own conference session to give all conference attendees insights into the issues facing graduate students and early-career scholars. Throughout the year, the PAGE Fellows pursue opportunities for collaborative art-making, teaching, writing, and research projects that align with IA’s national priorities.

From Monday, September 10, through Friday, September 14, on the IA Blog, each Fellow will contribute a post to a PAGE Blog Salon on the changing landscape of higher education. The Fellows’ posts, drawn from their application essays to the PAGE program, respond to IA’s Foreseeable Futures paper by David Scobey, “Civic Engagement and the Copernican Moment,” and an essay collectively written by last year’s PAGE Fellows that probes Scobey’s piece. We invite all to comment on the posts.

2012–2013 PAGE Fellows

“We have selected an incredible group of graduate students who link their on-the-ground work to issues of equity, engagement, and justice in higher education – all core to IA’s mission,” says Adam Bush, national PAGE director and doctoral candidate in American Studies and Ethnicity at University of Southern California. “The selection committee felt truly awed reading in the applications about the important work each student is undertaking.”

The 2012-2013 PAGE Fellows:

  • Janeane Anderson, Ph.D. student in Communication, University of Southern California
  • John Armstrong, Ph.D. student in Adult and Extension Education, Cornell University
  • Kaelyn Caldwell, M.A. student in cultural studies, University of Washington Bothell
  • Nadia De Leon, Ed.D. student in Educational Leadership – Higher Education and Organizational Leadership, Western Kentucky University
  • Hiba Haroon, M.S. student in Cultural Foundations of Education-Philosophy of Education, Syracuse University
  • Tony Innouvong, M.B.A. student in Economic Development, Alcorn State University
  • Dashini Jeyathurai, Ph.D. student in English & Women’s Studies, University of Michigan
  • Priscilla Leiva, Ph.D. candidate in American Studies & Ethnicity, University of Southern California
  • Eleanor Mahoney, Ph.D. student in History, University of Washington Seattle
  • Shan Mukhtar, Ph.D. candidate in the Graduate Institute of Liberal Arts, Emory University
  • Jennifer Shook, Ph.D. candidate in English/Literary Studies and the Center for the Book, University of Iowa
  • Johanna Taylor, Ph.D. student in Public and Urban Policy, The New School
  • Meghan Tierney, Ph.D. candidate in Art History, Emory University
  • Daniel Tucker, M.F.A. student in Studio Arts/Moving Image, University of Illinois at Chicago

The 2012-2013 PAGE Senior Associates include: LaTanya Autry, Ph.D. candidate in Art History, University of Delaware; Alexandrina Agloro, Ph.D. student in Communication, University of Southern California; Elena Gonzales, Ph.D. candidate in American Studies, Brown University; Nick Sousanis, Ph.D. candidate at Teachers College, Columbia University; Alexander Olson, Ph.D. candidate in American Culture, University of Michigan; and Cecilia Orphan, Ph.D. student in Higher Education at the University of Pennsylvania.

About IA’s National PAGE Program

Created in 2003, the PAGE program is distinctive in that its agenda is set, almost exclusively, by graduate students. Present strategies to advance the PAGE program include developing a theoretical framework for publicly engaged graduate education; creating opportunities for mentorship and collaboration, both with peers and with advanced scholars; and researching and promoting professionalization and career pathways for engaged students.

“Imagining America is committed to supporting the growing number of individuals who are conducting research and involving themselves in engaged community work both in the academy and in the larger society,” says IA Co-Director Timothy K. Eatman. “The PAGE program is well-positioned to foster the development of knowledge creators and nurture the emerging citizenry of academe.”

Join us for a virtual discussion on the changing landscape of higher education on the IA Blog as part of the PAGE Blog Salon, Monday, September 10, through Friday, September 14: For more information, contact IA Communications Manager Jamie Haft at or 315-345-3931.